Crazed weasel in a hamster wheel


I was going to whine about how busy the past month has been (because it has felt like the writer’s equivalent of a puppy mill). But then I stumbled across this photo I shot in May and was reminded that even when we’re quite literally running from one thing to the next, there’s still beauty and stillness all around us.

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My apologies to all the blog-friends I’ve neglected. I look forward to catching up on your lives and your posts soon!

108 Responses to “Crazed weasel in a hamster wheel”

  1. Yes. Quite a beautiful picture.

  2. Lovely image! The composition draws you right in.

  3. Reblogged this on CyberDayze and commented:
    Very insightful.

  4. Very insightful. Beautiful pic!

  5. What a beautiful photo! 🙂

  6. Whoa that photo is stunning! And apology accepted, while there is nothing to apoligise for! Looking forward,- and will patiently wait for your next post. 😊

    • 12 hmunro

      You’re so sweet … thank you for your patience, and for stopping by. I’ll pay you a visit shortly, too, to see what you’ve been up to! 🙂

      • The perception of what’s in front of you is sometime better than a picture. How many times have you heard, “this picture doesn’t do it justice?” The reasons are; a picture is a two dimensional viewing, while the person taking the photograph can smell the freshness of a very young child. The clumsiness which makes them cute if not scary at times, and the smiles or laughter that could follow the noise of the camera shutter closing at the perfect time. I remember taking a picture of my daughter when she said her first word, “mommy.” After showing that picture a dozen or more times, I said her first word was “Daddy.” I rationalized it this way: I was the photographer and the only witness to my charade. I have hundreds if not a thousand pictures of my family, but my memories although sometime distorted are inevitably proven by the pictures at hand. Keep up the good work!

  7. If you woke up this morning, you will find yourself with new challenges….

    • 15 hmunro

      … and new opportunities, too. Here’s to waking up another day! Thanks for stopping by, Michael.

  8. Thank you for stumble H 🙂 ❤

  9. That is a wonderful picture. I love how the arch perfectly frames the background.

    Even when we’re busy, it’s easy to take that moment to appreciate the beauty around us. This is why I take pictures with my phone all the time, even though they’re not nearly as good as my camera.

    • 19 hmunro

      I’ve always said that the best camera in the world is the one you have on you — which is why my phone’s belly is also full of snapshots. And anyway, the important thing isn’t that we stopped to take the photo, but that we STOPPED, right? 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to stop here and leave your kind comment.

  10. 20 Sajda Afifi

    Beautiful photo

  11. Art is selective. It doesn’t portray reality because that is what reality is for, but rather it focusses on an aspect of reality and draws our attention to it. And in a way, we should be grateful for that, for as anyone who has walked along here will know, this feast for the eyes that you have captured with such romantic melancholy is often compromised, in reality, by an assault on the other senses.

  12. Great picture.
    I could almost be there, although I’ll take up my position behind the camera with you and not join the jogger in front. 😊

    • 24 hmunro

      I’m with you sister! I’ll run only if I’m being chased by a bear — or if I’m chasing an ice-cream truck. Ha ha.

  13. Short, yet very enjoyable! 😉

  14. 29 findingmyway

    I love this photo! Makes me pretty jealous.

    • 30 hmunro

      Sorry about the jealousy … but thank you for your kind words! 😉

  15. 31 kinsleyrae

    Just started a blog.. & found your blog. 🙂 love this picture! 💞

  16. Beautiful picture and quite calming, life gets to us all. It nice when we get a moment to breathe and reflect. wishing you a good day. Bella

    • 34 hmunro

      Thank you, Bella! You’re so kind to stop by. Wishing you a good day, too. Cheers to you!

  17. Beautiful

  18. I thought this was Notre Dame, Paris before I checked the Tags. Such an iconic building on the Paris skyline. We all have months like the ‘hamster in the wheel’ scenario. One feels one is running on Adrenaline. We felt like that in the lead-in to our daughter’s wedding recently. We need something calming to slow us down and this looks so tranquil and quiet.

    • 37 hmunro

      You’re right, Andy — it really has been like running on adrenaline. Though I suspect you’ve had it even worse, with the wedding and all! How did it go? I hope you had a beautiful day … and I hope to see whatever photos of Hever you care to share, as well.

  19. Beautiful picture, I love the black and white style. Makes it look old school! I like that!

    • 39 hmunro

      I like “old-school” photos too, Dean — which is why I love shooting in black and white sometimes. It really lends a timelessness to the image, doesn’t it? Thank you for stopping by!

      • I agree, it’s also a skill I’d love to gain. You clearly have the skill! I look forward to keeping in touch with your blog ☺️

  20. A really great shot. I hope you get off the wheel safely 😉

    • 43 hmunro

      What a wonderful comment, Jeff — thank you! My dismount may not be graceful, but I’m hoping to stick the landing. 🙂

  21. 44 darpanvaghasiya

    ohhh really this is very nice picture.

  22. A really wonderful picture. And I like the way you write. That’s why I follow.

    • 48 hmunro

      You’ve made my day with your kind words, LadyAngeli … vielen, vielen Dank! My German is terribly weak, but perhaps I will improve by following your blog, too. 😉

  23. Pardon my cheekiness but my first thought was “I love Crazed Weasel and their first album ‘In a Hamster Wheel’.”
    The photo, of course, rocks!

    • 50 hmunro

      Ha ha, Jarrett! I can always count on you for cleverness and cheekiness.

      We must start a band: Jarrett and the Crazed Weasels. The name alone would draw millions, I think! 🙂

      But in all seriousness, thank you so much for stopping by. It’s a pleasure to see you ’round these parts. Hope all is well!

  24. 51 pmmiller1

    Beautiful, H. It’s the moments that matter, and that we remember, yes? Not our plans and scurrying and big events, but the moments. Thanks for seeing the beauty in this one!

    • 52 hmunro

      Aww, Pam … thank YOU for stopping by and adding your kind and wise words. You are so right, of course: It’s the little moments that really make life grand in the end. xoxo

  25. It’s a beautiful one with serene background.

  26. This place looks like it has so much of history… so much of stories to tell.. those tall buildings looking at themselves in the water.. that man in the frame taking a quieter and lonely road to work.. A perfectly serene moment captured in black and white.
    This is so beautiful 😊

  27. 58 muchmorethansober

    Makes me miss Paris, beautiful shot!

  28. Linda beleza das sonhadas coisas boas ,mais nossos dias anda tão cansativo que quase não sobra tempo para te ver , mais viver é lindo.
    me visite também.

  29. hummm…Gostaria de fazer o mesmo

  30. 62 lifeyourlifenow

    I love this pic, it’s just wonderfull! There are so many feelings in it. Beautiful!

    • 63 hmunro

      I’m so pleased it touched you. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!

  31. I love this photo. Black&white is a very good choice.

    • 65 hmunro

      I love black & white, too … it lends such a timelessness to things, doesn’t it? Thank you for stopping by!

  32. beautiful way to capture the moment. Time never stops but once we capture the moment like you did and reflect back you tend to appreciate all that has happened. Dont let life bring you down push back up everysingle time and never forget to aprriate whats around you. Thank you for the post.

    • 67 hmunro

      Thank you for your encouraging words! I greatly appreciate your taking the time to read and comment.

  33. You have captured the essence of Paris in this lovely photograph. Beautifully done.

  34. Nice photo, like it!

  35. 73 christinenbarba

    I just discovered your site and am glad that I did! The photo is beautiful and I too am an Oxford comma enthusiast!

    • 74 hmunro

      Yay! Oxford comma lovers, unite!! 🙂 I’ve just perused your website as well and find both your background and your writing impressive. Best wishes to you on much success, Christine! And thank you so much for your kind comment.

  36. Beautiful

  37. Glad to discover your site. Great clicks!

  38. That was me when I lived in Paris– hurrying right past Notre Dame. I didn’t really take it in until I revisited years later. Funny the things you take for granted that are right in front of you.

    • 80 hmunro

      You are so right, Kirk — it’s easy to forget that those ordinary little moments are really quite extraordinary! But how lucky you are to have lived in Paris, if even only for a while. I’d be curious to hear what your experience was like returning a few years later.

      • I lived there for about a year back in the 90’s and revisited a few times. The first time back I felt very much at home. The city doesn’t seem to change much, but there are so many things to do that you seem to never run out of new experiences. If you go to the beginning of my blog, I wrote about a trip to Provence after which we went to Paris. I didn’t write about the Paris part, but won’t forget riding bikes through the Tuileries– that was new for me.

        • 82 hmunro

          Isn’t it odd how the city itself seems so familiar — yet every visit is new and different? That’s probably why I never tire of Paris. Can’t say I’ve ever ridden a bike there, though, so I’ll have to follow your example next time! But first I will go check out your blog …

  39. Such a beautiful picture!

  40. Ah, the notre dame de Paris. This view reminds me of my first night in Paris when I walked all night. It’s always nice to stop for a moment and take a nice deep breath.

    • 86 hmunro

      I have fond memories of all-night walks in Paris, too, Angelina! But those small, deep-breath moments are the ones I treasure most in hindsight. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  41. A gorgeous view of a gorgeous city… makes me want to be there!

    • 88 hmunro

      Thank you so much, Jo! It makes me rather homesick for Paris, too …

  42. Perfectly stated, stunning photo!

  43. I just found it beautiful

  44. I know everyone has said it’s beautiful, but add one more person to that 😉 Simply wonderful.

    • 94 hmunro

      THANK YOU, Kang. I very much appreciate your kind comment — you’ve made my day!

  45. Don’t you love when an unused photo sparks your imagination?

    • 96 hmunro

      Absolutely! Especially when I’d already forgotten about the moment and stumble across it months later … it’s almost like having the experience all over again, isn’t it?

  46. Really nice use of black and white. I really love the shades as it gives it a vintage look. I especially like reddish brown colour which is exemplified in copper utensils. You can check this website to see what I a talking about.

  47. 99 angyjenks

    You have given me something to think about that there is beauty all around us. We just have to see it.

  48. A lovely picture

  49. Nice pic. I hope we’ll get a chance to see each other one day over here.

    • 104 hmunro

      Thank you, Yann. I hope so as well — and I’ll send you a note ahead of my next visit to improve our chances.

  50. Such wise words, thank you H. Beautiful image too. 🙂

  51. That’s a really nice shot you took! Incredible … like one from the many we discuss in class

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